Kano State Government has left the food Items Federal Government gave to them as Palliatives for the COVID-19 lockdown to rotten at open space where rain and sun beat it.
According to The Guardian, two weeks ago, FG delivered 110 trucks of food items to the state meant to be distributed to less privileged whos source of livelihood are being affected due to the lockdown directive as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Consignment was delivered on Sunday 17th May 2020 by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Farouq,
The palliatives include 5,318 metric tonns of rice; 2,438 metric tonnes of maize; 1,380 metric tonns of millet and 900 metric tonns of Sorghum.
However, It is worrisome to notice that the relief items worth millions of naira are still left abandoned at the warehouse of Kano Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO) premises at Farm centre without covering it from rains or other things that might cause any damage to the items.
The Guardian gathered that the food items have already been drained by three consecutive rainfall; several bags already soaked by water.
A source at the premises who regretted how the food items left rotten under the rains, told The Guardian the consignment have spent more than one week unattended to.
“Many people are living hungry because they cannot go to fetch for their daily sources of livelihood. Government brought the food to assist people but look at the items here under the rain and in the sun. How can people be starving and food meant for them left idle this is wrong”.
When contacted, Chairman of the State Fundraising Committee and Vice Chancellor, Bayero University Kano, Professor Mohammed Yahuza Bello explained that plan for the evacuation and distribution of the Federal government palliatives is slated to commence on Thursday.
Professor Bello who led the distribution of the first phase of the state owned palliatives stressed that the committee is being constraint by logistics from government, which he noted is being addressed.
Although, Kano State government recently disbursed similar palliatives to 50,000 households across the 484 political wards in the state.
The palliatives being handled by the adhoc committee on COVID-19 fundraising had announced two weeks ago plan to commence the Federal government palliatives to additional 50,000 households across the 44 local government area to crushing the effect of the COVID-19 induced lockdown.